5 TIPS FOR WORKING WITH CHILDREN WITH AUTISM:
children with autism can often play of the way in which you react to them or there behaviours, which can make them more frantic. This in turn takes them longer to calm, the best thing you can do in this situation is remain calm, Take deep breaths, use little speech towards the child and give little eye contact. You will start to see the difference in your child's behaviours through these simple techniques.
Structure is what children with autism thrive on!it lets them know what is expected of them and is a way for the child to tell you there needs/wants. Which can lessen behaviours. The best way to implement structure with your child. Is a simple timetable of what the child will be doing at each point in the day. You could even make the timetable into a checklist so that the child is fully active in what is happening throughout the day by ticking of the events of the day as they go along.
We all needs rewards in life for tasks that we are expected to do but really don't want to, so why should we expect autistic children to just doing boring tasks where they don't really understand the purpose of it. Make a simple 'working towards table' where the child's picture is in the corner so that they know its theres. Then take a picture of the child's favourite thing and place at the end of the reward chart as an indication for the child of what they will achieve if they get three stars. you can use basic sticker stars or stickers that are motivating for the individual child. Make the child aware that they must get three stickers for doing these tasks you have requested of them to achieve the stars.
Now we all know that children with autism have sensory integration issues, which is the way they see and feel in the world. They can often struggle to deal with these issues, i try to lessen this burden on them and make there environment more sensory rich. Which in turn lessens there behaviours by helping them to be calmer. I do this through making simple trays of different sensory rich objects for them to experiment with. such as having different small tubs of food colouring, flour, shaving foam. Children enjoy seeing how different things mix together and the way they feel. There are many different sensory tray ideas with you can try with children, i often like to look on www.pinterest.com for ideas.
Offer children simple, short, independent tasks which fuel there self confidence. By being able to complete these tasks children will be more motivated to try these tasks again and feel a sense of achievement in themselves. Which in turn helps with the children's behaviours once again, as the child knows whats expected of them.
© 2016 Charlene Clayton, Sen Resource Founder